Marine radiocarbon reservoir age simulations for the past 50000 years

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We present simulations of marine radiocarbon reservoir ages using the ocean general circulation model LSG- HAMOCC2s, and evaluate the results with Marine13 raw data records. Our model considers various climatic background states. Radiocarbon cycle boundary conditions are atmospheric ∆14C values according to IntCal13, a recent atmospheric CO2 reconstruction, and spatially variable concentrations of dissolved inorganic carbon derived from marine carbon cycle simulations. Our model reasonably agrees with glacial marine ∆14C records but indicates reservoir ages varying with time, different to the invariant reservoir age corrections applied to the observations and to Marine13. Modelled global-mean reservoir ages are in the range 400–800 years compared to the invariant Marine13 value of 405 years. Self-consistent simulations involving the Cariaco Basin record (which is the most continuous marine record contributing to IntCal13 for periods prior to about 30 kyears) amplify the temporal reservoir age variability with global-mean values of about 350–850 years, and improve the agreement with ∆14C observations in some areas.

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EGU General Assembly 2016, 18 Apr 2016 - 22 Apr 2016, Vienna, Austria.
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Butzin, M. , Köhler, P. and Lohmann, G. (2016): Marine radiocarbon reservoir age simulations for the past 50000 years , EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 18 April 2016 - 22 April 2016 .


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